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Abstract: Practitioners in both English as a Second Language (ESL) and Foreign Language instruction praise business case studies for their real-world application and their ability to stimulate discussion and meaningful writing assignments. However, language teachers face a major challenge in guiding the unpredictable nature of such discussions, while students struggle with the foreign language as well as the business concepts of the case. This article explains how language activities can become the key objectives of the foreign language or ESL lesson based on the case study. By developing a lesson plan focused on language functions and speech events, the language instructor directs learning away from business concepts toward business communication skills. Such a language-based framework also provides the structure required to establish and achieve specific learning objectives.