Rich Site Summary (RSS)

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to talk about another useful tool for you. The RSS


  • Rich Site Summary also known as Really Simple Syndication, is a type of web feed which allows users to reach the latest updates to online content in a reader-friendly computer format. For an example of the functions of feeds, many different websites can be kept track of in a single news aggregator. When a website is updated, the news aggregator automatically detects it and brings the new content to the user.


  • Passing of content from website to website or website to user is called web syndication. Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.  further reading


I use RSS Feed Reader extension of Google Chrome (a version of Feeder). There are many alternatives if you don’t use Google Chrome:

But thanks to this extension, any website can be followed easier I think. So here how it looks like:



  • These are the websites that I’m following. When the website is updated, the number of new content is showed to you as you can see near the CNN’s Feed. 


2.pngWhen you click, new content’s titles are showed. By filtering you can choose what you are going to see. You can see only the unread content for example.





If you follow a lot of websites, you can create a folder. By this way, you can combine related websites and follow the updates easily.



Here is a very good blog suggestion for you to follow. ELT Planning


Eltplanning may be the first website to add your RSS feed. Mr. Clements who is an EFL teacher and ELT Materials Writer currently teaching in Bangkok says on his about me page that :

“I’ve created this blog to share ideas, plans, and general ELT-related posts. I’ve taken so many ideas from ELT sites and other blogs in the past, so it’s about time I gave something back!”

Here is the homepage of his blog.



I think this website is very important for English Language Teachers because, in addition to theories; it gives practical information about lessons.

Mr. Clements shares his articles in his blog too. e.g. Also, he gives tips about the things he did. e.g. This means a lot to me because intentionally he wants his readers to be able to do the same and contribute science.



  • These are his most liked posts. The most liked ones are generally about how to improve your teaching.








  • He also shares the blogs which he follows. All of them are related to teaching. So, teachers who follow Mr. Clement’s blog can also see other useful blogs for teaching.






I took this screenshot from
his latest post. Readers can comment on the posts and as you can see Mr. Clements answers in the same day.This is not the only way to contact him but it’s good to see that, he answers when you write something.





By clicking on the contact button, you can reach him. 8


To sum up, I find this website very useful for English Language Teachers because, as I said, it gives practical information about lessons and it teaches readers to create new materials. Blogs like this should be supported. Thanks for your attention. Here is the link again.

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