Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS)


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 SF State Students (PDF).


Before enrolling in any CMS course, you must have completed Write to Register (only for students coming directly from a U.S. high school) or Write to Register for CMS (for all international students).

You will be placed into CMS classes at the appropriate level based primarily on your performance in the Write to Register for CMS, with consideration of GE and CSU written English requirements that have already been fulfilled. Once you begin courses in the CMS Program, you will be advised about subsequent courses by your CMS teachers and advisers.

Multilingual students can complete the GE Oral Communication requirement by taking ENG 210, Oral Communication-Multilingual.

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


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Priyanvada Abeywickrama





Assitant Coordinator: 

Chan, EstherEsther Chan





CMS Resources

CMS Program Classes

Learn more about the CMS Program classes (PDF) and how they differ from the Composition classes. 

CMS Placement Test

Before enrolling in any CMS course, a student must complete the Write to Register for CMS (formerly known as CMSPT).

View additional details about the Write to Register for CMS


Learn answers to questions regarding graduation credit, CMS courses, transfer students, non-SF State students, tutoring, and graduate students by reviewing our CMS FAQS.

Hiring Pool for Part-Time Lecturers in CMS Program

The Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Program accepts applications for their Part-Time Lecturer Hiring Pool during each spring semester. View additional information about the hiring process

Applications will be accepted in Spring 2018. 


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

CMS Class Schedule

Take a look at the SFSU Class 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 MA TESOL students have the opportunity to apply to become teaching assistants (TAs) for CMS classes. View additional information on the TA application process.

CMS Course Descriptions

The program includes nine courses at four levels, beginning with Accelerated Academic English and ending with Grammar/Editing Workshop. View additional information on the CMS course descriptions.