Ilka Kostka

Teaching Professor


Ilka Kostka, PhD, is an Associate Teaching Professor, NU Global Programs.

Since joining Northeastern, Dr. Kostka has taught 17 sections of four different courses in the American Classroom and Global Pathways programs, and one graduate education course, the practicum and seminar in Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). 

Dr. Kostka has used a wide range of instructional technologies and other classroom techniques to promote active learning and interaction in her courses. She has become a designer and advocate of the "flipped" English as a second language classroom; students in her courses watch videos and do assignments offline in order to spend class time in deeper face-to-face interaction.

Dr. Kostka has published two books with TESOL Press and one forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press titled Teaching Effective Source Use: Classroom Approaches that Work. She is a regular presenter at conferences, and is an Editorial Review Board member for TESOL Journal and book review co-editor for The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language.

Dr. Kostka earned a PhD in Bilingual Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 2012.

Previously, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Certification and German, and as Foreign Language Certification Coordinator at Southern Connecticut State University, as well as Lecturer in TESOL and German. Dr. Kostka joined NU Global as an Assistant Teaching Professor in 2014.