English: This article explores ways in which primary school mathematics teachers in Mangaung
township, Bloemfontein motivate their learners to understand mathematical concepts,
to make sense of instructions, and to solve mathematical problems. Data was obtained
from class observation, with conclusions being drawn after analysing the discourse.
The results indicated that approaching mathematics as a game can motivate learners,
resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The social dimension also plays
a role. The use of the mother-tongue (at appropriate times) can be useful in assisting
learners to understand mathematical concepts.