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).

Advising Guidelines

We believe that you are the best person to choose which CMS writing course is best for you.

Our advising module will provide you with guidance to help you make the best choice possible.

There is no cost associated with our advising module; it is free of charge.

Please follow instructions sent to your SF State email address when you accept admission and/or visit our advising module to make your course selection.


CMS Office: Location, Contact and Hours, Faculty information

Humanities 482

(415) 338-1320

CMS Office Hours
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM Priya Esther Priya
Esther Closed
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Priya Closed Priya Closed
2:00 PM
3:00 PM


Please email (; with your question or to ask for a Zoom meeting


Priyanvada Abeywickrama





Assistant Coordinator: 

Chan, EstherEsther Chan

E-mail for Zoom Appointment





Fall 2021 CMS Faculty

Esther Chan

Maureen Fitzgerald

Kirsten Hilbert

Agnes Hong

Shalle Leeming

Lyn Motai

Karah Parks

Jessica Racca

Julia Schulte

Lisa Vicar

Mary Warden

CMS Resources


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

Advising Module

Before enrolling in any CMS course, a student should complete the Advising Module.

CMS Program Classes

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

CMS Class Schedule

Take a look at the SFSU Class Schedule.

CMS Course Descriptions

The program includes courses for, Oral Communication,  First Year Writing and supportive Literacy and Grammar/Editing classes. View additional information on the CMS course descriptions.


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 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.

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