HILOKAL AUDIO-BASED LANGUAGE LEARNING APPLICATION AS A NEW BREAKTHROUGH TO IMPROVE SPEAKING SKILL
Generations have been growing with an ever-evolving interest, style, and competence that require continuous improvement in collaborative technology for language teaching and their learning process—undoubtedly due to the fact that it meets needs, willingness, and output. The trend in the 21st century with rampant technology development is an audio-based language learning application that brings two-way communication between listening as well as speaking skills. Hilokal is one of the applications that serve the renewable preferred thing for informal language learning way where the learners could meet with their language learning partner or tutor through the use of a bunch of features that could help make this application effective in education purposes. This study aimed to describe Hilokal as an alternative application to improve speaking skills since not many applications are adequately designed and specifically for it. In this research, data from some related document were used to provide an overview of this new application using library research under descriptive qualitative. The finding here is that Hilokal tends to be a language exchange application with its opulence features based on an informal education environment to interact internationally as one of the speaking practice’s needs. Furthermore, advantages and disadvantages are inseparable, yet fewer disadvantages were found to deal with improvement. There is a clear implication in this concept regarding the newest data for language learning application alternatives, whether for the learners, teachers, or other researchers in a similar field.
Keywords: audio-based, hilokal, language learning application, speaking skills