English Language Coach
Communications & Business Development Consultant | Motivational Speaker
Hello! I am Prince Tagoe, an English Language Coach and a Communications and Business Development Consultant based in Marrakech, Morocco. I am also formally trained by EFE, Education for Employment, Morocco, as a trainer of trainers. For almost half a decade, I have been teaching and training people to speak or use the English language to express themselves and enhance their business ventures. I have had the opportunity to work with several organizations such as USAID and the US embassy, to mention a few, to help bridge the illiteracy gap and help with employability in Africa. This makes me the go-to person regarding communication, personal development, and the English Language.
I did not always live in Marrakech. I moved to Marrakech in the summer of 2016 to begin my Geological Engineering journey at the Faculty of Technical Sciences (FS"I) on a scholarship awarded to me by the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat in December 2015. Given that I was from an English-speaking country, I spent 7 months in Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco, to study French for further academic pursuits. While there, I met Portuguese-speaking people, and as expected, I channeled my energy into learning Portuguese while learning French. Hence, my fluency in English, French, and Portuguese. Regarding my switch from Geological Engineering to English Language Coaching and Communications, it was a long backstory. My first year on my journey to becoming a Geological Engineer was a catastrophic failure, and I had to retake it. During my second year, a repeat of my first year, I passed all courses and got familiarized with the system. By what I would call providence, as a believer in God, I got in touch with the career center at my school somewhere in 2017. This career center is a USAID initiative to help people develop soft skills that will guide them concerning their employability. We were aware that people graduated from the University and did not land jobs because of several factors, including needing to learn to speak confidently, introduce themselves well, go through an interview successfully, etc. Amongst all these problems was a desire for people to speak English and speak it fluently. Capitalizing on this, I volunteered to teach English. With time, I realized I enjoyed and still enjoy teaching English. I would even skip some credit hours to teach English for free, all while I was under the scholarship. I was receiving stipends from the scholarship secretariat through the Ghana Embassy in Morocco, so I had something to buffer me for a while.
During this time, the center's Assistant Director appointed me as an ambassador due to my contribution to the center through workshops and other activities. I organized events, workshops, and training sessions, some one-time training sessions, and more continuous ones. During some sessions, I had the opportunity to train the Institute of Tourism (ISTHE) in Marrakech. All this practice helped me get better at teaching English. With time, I built a curriculum and continuously refined my methodology. Then I met Madam Nadia Amrani, who advised me to give teaching and training people some thought since I was thriving at it. This is where the significant change happened. Honestly, it was a very challenging one. So, in 2019, I launched the whole program of teaching English independent of the career center. It was also in that year that I changed from the faculty of technical sciences to the faculty of letters and arts. 2019 was simply my year of transformation.
What were the biggest initial hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?
Initially, my first year in Geological Engineering was a failure, and I had to retake it. However, I got in touch with a career center in my school and began teaching English, which I enjoyed and eventually led me to switch careers. The biggest initial hurdles I faced were the challenges of learning the Francophone system and teaching English, a language I had never taught before. But with practice and continuous refinement of my methodology, I overcame them and built a successful career as an English Language coach and Communications and Business Development Consultant.
What advice do you have for young people locally and internationally who are just starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions?
My advice for young people starting out in their careers or pursuing their passions would be:
Believe in yourself: Have confidence in your abilities and trust your instincts.
Be persistent: Pursue your dreams with determination and never give up, even when faced with setbacks and obstacles.
Take risks: Don't be afraid to take calculated risks and try new things. Some of the greatest successes come from taking chances.
Learn from failures: Every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. Don't be discouraged by setbacks, use them as stepping stones to success.
Practice and hone your skills: Whether it's through education, training, or practical experience, constantly work to improve your skills and knowledge.
Surround yourself with positive influences: Seek out mentors, colleagues, and friends who are supportive and can help you achieve your goals.
Stay true to yourself: Don't compromise your values or integrity to fit in or please others. Be true to yourself and your passions.
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