Kevin Wong

Kodrah Kristang

Story

Kodrah Kristang (‘Awaken, Kristang’) is a non-profit, intergenerational revitalization effort that aims to revitalize the critically endangered language Kristang in Singapore by teaching the language to a new generation of speakers.

They’ve developed their own 160-hour structured curriculum for Kristang across eight modules using a pedagogy that mainly privileges games and interaction, learning the language through fun and social activity, but in a structured and systematic way.

Kristang is the critically endangered heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore. The language was once widely spoken throughout the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and Malacca until the 1930s; however, in Singapore at present, intergenerational transmission of the language has ceased, and few Singaporeans even know it exists.

Overview

Kodrah Kristang organises Kristang language workshops at A Good Space, together with other cultural appreciation events.

Their class profile is generally extremely diverse; we cater to youth, seniors, non-Eurasians and Eurasians. They’ve taken capable learners as young as 10 and as old as 89, and we pride ourselves on a curriculum that caters to both youth and seniors and is accessible for both groups while still remaining engaging, systematic and fun.

They currently run classes 3 times a week while developing the syllabus, games, activities, resources, an Online Dictionary, assessments and other materials, all on a volunteer basis.

Social Issue

Lost Languages

Format

Workshops