Multilingual Students and GWAR

If English is your second or other language, SF State offers several options to help you succeed in your GWAR and other upper-division writing classes:

  1. If you have transferred to SF State from another college or university, and you have NOT completed English 1B (ENG 214), you may fulfill that requirement in the Composition for Multilingual Students Program (CMS) by taking ENG 215. This is a course designed for non-native multilingual students and provides the same preparation for your GWAR class as ENG 214.

  2. If you have completed ENG 214, or its equivalent, but feel you may need more practice in academic writing and grammar before you take your GWAR class, you may take either ENG 215. This course may be taken CR/NC.

Mulitilingual and GWAR
Native-speaker options Multilingual options More Information
English 214 English 215 (CMS) English 215 satisfies the English 214 requirement. May be taken instead of English 214.
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GWAR & Multilingual Transfer Students: Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is a Multilingual Student?

A multilingual student is one for whom English is their second language and who most likely did not speak English at home.

What is GWAR?

GWAR stands for Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. This is a requirement that must be fulfilled by all juniors at all CSUs.

How can I fulfill my GWAR? 

All students can fulfill the GWAR by taking a writing-intensive course in their majors. Visit your department website or office for more information about the GWAR class in your major.

When should I take the GWAR class in my major? 

You should take the GWAR class after you have completed 1A & 1B (ENG 214 or ENG 215 at SFSU).

Should I prepare for the GWAR class? 

Many multilingual students find the GWAR class quite challenging. If you would like more reading & writing preparation, you may take ENG 215. This class will give you practice in writing research essays, reading academic texts, and more.

How do I sign up for ENG 215 or ENG 410? 

Go to the CMS office, HUM 482, for further advising.

Will ENG 215 fulfill the GWAR? 

ENG 215 does not fulfill the GWAR.

Attention GWAR Instructors

If you have multilingual students in your GWAR class who need writing and grammar support, the Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Program has several options to offer.

English 212

An advanced grammar and editing course designed to be taken with writing-intensive courses, including GWAR. The course offers intruction and practice in editing their writing for grammar accuracy.

English 215

Equivalent to English 214, English 215 offers multilingual students instruction and practice in basic essay writing and research skills. Recommended for ML students in lieu of English 214, or as a review course for those who have completed this requirement, but could use more practice in fundamental writing skills. Students may take this course in preparation for their GWAR, or other upper-division writing-intensive courses.


We encourage you to recommend these courses to your multilingual students who would benefit from writing and language preparation before or during their GWAR course. Students who wish to take one or more of these classes should come by or email the CMS Office in HUM 482.

With your recommendation, GWAR students will be able to add a CMS class without taking the CMS Placement Test.