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Dear participant,

I am a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium.

I would like to ask for your help with my research project, which investigates interpreters’ self-perception of their status. Your responses will be fundamental, because they can contribute to raising awareness of the social relevance of interpreting, and they will help to provide a snapshot of how our profession will change in the future.

My study will consist of two questionnaires: one for conference interpreters and one for public service interpreters.

This first questionnaire is addressed ONLY to CONFERENCE INTERPRETERS, so if you are a professional conference interpreter you are kindly invited to participate in this survey, which should take approximately 8 minutes to fill out. All of the responses in the survey will be recorded anonymously.

All the comment boxes are OPTIONAL, so don't feel obliged to comment.

Should you have any queries, please contact me at the following address: paola.gentile@kuleuven.be

Your participation is a valuable contribution to interpreting research, and I thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please also pass this on to as many colleagues as you can.

Paola Gentile

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1. What is your gender?

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2. What is your age group?

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4. How long have you been working professionally in the field?

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5. Are you a member of any professional association?

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6. If YES, which?

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7. Do you work as a free-lance or staff interpreter?

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8. Is interpreting your full-time profession?

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9. Apart from interpreting, do you have any other job? (You can tick more than one option)

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10. Have you ever worked in public services (courts, hospitals, immigration offices, police stations)?

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11. If NOT, what are the main reasons for your choice? (Please tick 2 options)

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12. What do you think of public service interpreting? (hereinafter PSI)

  Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
PSI has a greater social value compared to conference interpreting
PSI requires different training compared to conference interpreting
Public service interpreters have higher responsibilities compared to conference interpreters
PSI is less prestigious than conference interpreting
The importance of PSI should be recognised
The pay of public service interpreters should be similar to that of conference interpreters
 
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