Dr. Irene Dryden
Dr. Irene Dryden received her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo specializing in English as A Second and Foreign Language. Her Masters degree is in English Education from the University of North Queensland, Australia and her Bachelor's degree is from the National University of Singapore specializing in English Literature, History and Politics. Her areas of specialization are Writing and Reading.
Dr. Dryden has taught in Singapore, Australia and the United States. In Singapore she was a high school instructor for several years and later was a college professor at the National University of Singapore, teaching English Language skills. Prior to coming to Richland College, Dr. Dryden taught ESOL at the Intensive English Language Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Rhetoric, Composition and Writing for Special Purposes at Arizona State University, and Bilingual- Biliteracy graduate courses in the teacher education program at New Mexico State. Dr. Dryden often serves as a field reader for OBEMLA (Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Affairs) for the U.S. Dept of Education.
Dr. Dryden came to Richland College in 1989. Since then she has taught all skill areas of ESOL and was the coordinator for the ESOL Credit Program. She began the ESOL Lab, which started as an audio lab and has evolved into our state-of-the-art computer language lab. In the last few years, Dr. Dryden has coordinated the newly structured ESOL Reading program and remains today as the coordinator for ESOL Reading. Dr. Dryden was also a nominee for excellence in teaching at Richland College in 1999-2000.