Composition for Multilingual Students Program

Composition for Multilingual Students Program

 

Spring 2017 CMSPT: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

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Check in at 12:30 pm in HUM 401

Test begins promptly at 1:00 pm

 

Coordinator

Lisa Heyer
415-338-1320
lheyer@sfsu.edu
Humanities 482

Description

With an enrollment of more 1,000 non-native English speakers, this program is the largest of its kind in the California State University system. The Composition for Multilingual Students Program (CMS) serves SF State students who are non-native speakers of English. The program offers courses that fulfill SFSU’s graduation requirements for written and oral communication; these courses are taught by instructors who are experienced in designing and teaching academic writing, grammar and speech courses for non-native speakers.

Today, our program is comprised of international students, permanent migrants, refugees and U.S. citizens who have been in the U.S. anywhere from six months to 20 years. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, our program is the largest of its kind in the CSU system. We offer between 40 and 50 sections of a total of six to nine credit-bearing classes each semester. 

Requirements/Guidelines

The Composition for Multilingual Students program is a University-wide undergraduate program through which non-native speakers of English meet the general education requirements for oral and written communication and the lower- and upper-division written English requirements. View the G.E. Baccalaureate Requirements: Oral and Written Communication for SFSU Students (pdf)

The program began in the 1960s to provide English support courses for F-1 students. Today, our program is comprised of students from all over, some who have come here primarily for their studies under F-1 and J-1 visas, and others who have taken residence here in the U.S., as permanent migrants, refugees or U.S. citizens residing here for anywhere between three months to 20 years. The program has four levels, in which between 40 and 50 sections are offered each semester.

Before enrolling in any CMS course, a student must have either done directed self-placement (only for students coming directly from a U.S. high school) or take the CMSPT (Composition for Multiingual Students Placement Test) upon arrival. The test is administered five times a year by the CMSPT coordinator, CMS program coordinator and CMS program staff. Approximately 400 students take the test each year.

Students are placed into classes at the appropriate level (see course descriptions page) based primarily on their test scores, with consideration of GE and CSU written English requirements that have already been fulfilled. Once students begin courses in the CMS Program, they are advised about subsequent courses by their CMS teachers and advisers.

View the Course Sequence (pdf) for a better understanding of the order in which courses should be taken.

 

Learn more about the CMS Program Classes

Related Resources


CMS FAQs

Learn answers to questions regarding graduation credit, CMS courses, transfer students, non-SFSU students, tutoring and graduate students. 

CMS and GWAR

For more information on how CMS classes may benefit you or (if you are an instructor) your students.

Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Newsletter

The Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Program produces a newsletter which profiles students, faculty, and MA TESOL teaching assistants. Read to learn more about what goes on in this unique program for English language learners.

CMS Placement Test

Before enrolling in any CMS course, a student must take the CMSPT (Composition for Multilingual Students Placement Test). 

Teaching Information

The Composition for Multilingual Students program accepts applicants to its part-time teaching pool.

 

Hiring Pool for Part-Time Lecturers in CMS Program

The Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Program is currently accepting applications this Spring 2016 for their Part-Time Lecturer Hiring Pool.

Current Class Schedule

See the department's class schedule for the semester.

  • Undergraduate Writing Program Courses
  • CMS Program Courses
  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Gradtuate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Composition for Multilingual Students Program

The Composition for Multilingual Students Program serves SF State students who are multilingual speakers and language learners of English. The program offers courses that fulfill SFSU’s graduation requirements for written and oral communication. Courses are taught by instructors who are experienced in designing and teaching academic writing, grammar and speech courses to multilingual students.

CMS Class Schedule

Take a look at the latest CMS class schedules.

CMS Summer Schedule

View the Summer 2016 Schedule

CMS Faculty Contact Information

See the list of CMS faculty, including their office locations, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

CMS TA Application

Current M.A. TESOL students have the opportunity to apply to become teaching assistants (TAs) for CMS classes.

CMS Course Descriptions

The program includes nine courses at four levels, beginning with Accelerated Academic English and ending with Grammar/Editing Workshop.

CMS Advising

All CMS faculty members are available for advising at the beginning of each semester.